Psychic Mystery Romance: SAGE IT OUT by Shereen Vedam

SAGE IT OUT By Shereen Vedam • Psychic Mystery Romance • Released Aug 15, 2017

Police line, do not cross.

Rose Devlin is a fun friend with a good heart. Sage Tanton is her BFF with a psychic sense for trouble.
Protective of her family and friends, Rose is confident she can handle any situation without Sage’s supernatural intervention. But then the unthinkable happens. Rose’s action triggers one of Sage’s visions about a child in danger. And once again, her life is turned upside down.

Getting the police involved throws Rose an unexpected romantic curveball. So, she does what she does best – jumps in feet first and finds herself out of the proverbial herbal teapot and into the flames.

Liar, liar, pants on fire, Detective Nathan Bryant knows that gorgeous woman he just met is not only deceitful but could be entirely insane. Now he can’t stop lusting after her. Can a determined police detective help Rose achieve her long sought-after redemption or will they both retreat behind their yellow tape and lose out on love? Trust is a gift either has yet to give.

Wounded SEAL Trilogy by Mitzi Bridges

Wounded at the LakeWOUNDED AT THE LAKE by Mitzi Pool Bridges • Military Romance • The Wild Rose Press • Published October 2015

Ex-Navy SEALs Cooper and Dirk Browning’s PI firm has been hired to find out who kidnapped their teammate’s ten-year-old daughter, Christie. They are stretched thin investigating two frustrating cases, in addition to handling their flourishing military canine-training enterprise.

Coop and his star dog-in-training find a mysterious woman with a head wound. Her memory is gone. Between trying to find a clue to Christie’s kidnapper, and his efforts to find the real identity of the woman he names Lori, Coop falls in love.

So does Lori. But how realistic is that? She doesn’t know who she is, and Coop can’t envision a life with a woman he knows nothing about. When the truth comes out will their love survive?

51KVf4dOH4LWOUNDED AT HOME by Mitzi Pool Bridges • Military Romance • The Wild Rose Press • Released April 2016

Financial analyst Sky Chapman must free her sister of a murder charge. Ex-SEAL Dirk Browning uses his skills as a private investigator and a military dog trainer to search for a way to keep Sky safe while they look for the killer and the missing millions the killer thinks she has.

Neither Sky nor Dirk want the attraction that springs between them. She, because she refuses to fall into the philandering-husband trap both her mother and sister dove into. He, because his mother abandoned him to the Brownings at the age of ten and he never saw her again.

The killer has given Sky a timeline. Find the money and turn it over, or she and her sister die. Will Sky survive long enough to explore the feelings she has for Dirk? Will Dirk be there for her? Or will the thief and killer make the questions moot?

51dhMT1rTiLWOUNDED AT WORK by Mitzi Pool Bridges • Military Romance • The Wild Rose Press • Released August 2016

FBI Agent Matthew Montgomery is handed a serial killer case on the same day his worthless cousin files suit for half of the sizable Montgomery Trust. His brothers, fellow retired SEALs, dig in to help find the proof needed to thwart Matt’s cousin. Ex-Army Carrie Sullivan is a PI in the brothers’ investigative firm. She goes undercover in a missing woman case that collides with the one Matt is investigating. He wants her to back off, as she fits the profile of the serial killer’s victims. Somehow, their feelings for each other have changed from friendship to something more intense, but they have to get past obstacles, real and imagined, as they find themselves falling in love amidst a storm of evil. When Carrie is taken, she wonders if she will survive long enough to overcome the wide divide between their backgrounds to make a life together, and Matt is determined to do everything in his power to give them a chance to try.

A love for reading turned into a love of writing. After years spent in the business world, I turned to another profession and for the last twenty-five years have poured my romantic heart out in romantic suspense books.
Thanks,
Mitzi Pool Bridges

 

Review: IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE by Leah Weiss

cover97101-mediumIF THE CREEK DON’T RISE by Leah Weiss • Women’s Fiction • Sourcebook Landmark • Released August 8, 2017

I am a big fan of books that jump right into it and in the first sentence we experience the heart of this story: Sadie Blue getting back up on her feet after her husband has hit her.

IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE takes place in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. The chapters are like quilt blocks, each one told by a different character, each contributing to the overall quilt/story. Each has a unique voice and perspective. The amazing aspect of this type of storytelling is that we get to see each character from every angle giving us a full understanding of who they are.

It is not one person’s story but the story of generations. First we meet seventeen-year-old Sadie Blue who is pregnant and married to the abusive Roy Tupkin.

Gladys Hicks is Sadie’s bitter, angry grandmother. Kind-hearted Marris Jones is Sadie’s aunt. Eli Perkins is the preacher and Prudence Perkins is his judgmental spinster sister. Center to their lives is the addition of a new teacher in town – Kate Shaw.

I thought it brilliant that we don’t see the Kate’s view of things until chapter 7. As an outsider, a jasper, her perspective is vastly different and brings balance to the story.

The last chapter is Sadie’s and when I read it I was surprised when it ended but after a few seconds I realized it wasn’t an end but a beginning.

This is a book I will be talking about for a long time. Well done Ms. Weiss!

Thank you Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Book Excerpt: THE SUBMISSIVE MUSE by Tiffany N. York

thumbnail_TheSubmissiveMuse_500x755THE SUBMISSIVE MUSE by Tiffany N. York • Erotica • Blushing Books Publications • Released July 2017

One man’s misfortune is another man’s destiny.

Elizabeth Wolfe’s husband, John, had been everything to her—protector, provider, administer of pain. Still devastated one year after his death she decides to take her own life, but her plan is interrupted when she discovers an unconscious stranger in her barn.

Devan Carthy and John Wolfe agreed to an arrangement before he died: Devan is to seek out Elizabeth exactly one year from his death and bring joy to her life again in exchange for a sizeable sum of money. What begins as a friendship between a grieving widow and a mercurial artist blossoms into love as Devan reawakens her desire for living.

His erratic mood swings and her need for pleasure and pain threaten their relationship, but it’s John Wolfe’s hold over them that may ultimately tear them apart

EXCERPT 

She turned her back to him and began soaping up one of the wine glasses. He reached around and grabbed it from her hands, then threw it against the wall. It shattered into pieces.

She turned off the running water and faced him. “I’m going to start billing you for broken wine glasses. You broke another one the other night.”

It was true, he had. After she pulled away from their kiss, he had smashed his glass against the wall. He had also overturned John’s “sacred, off-limits” armchair in anger.

“Everything you do is my business. That was the deal.” He stood a hair’s length away, so close her perfume tickled his nose.

“We have no deal. What are you talking about?”

Shut up, Devan.

He blew out a long, slow breath in an attempt to calm himself.

“Because you take care of my horses, you think you also have a responsibility to take care of me?” Her voice quivered with emotion.

Yes, he did, but he couldn’t tell her why.
”I can tell you when you’re making a fool of yourself with a kid almost half your age.”

“Screw you.” She made a motion to leave, but he trapped her there with both his arms at her sides. “Let me go, Devan.”

He wanted her so bad he could no longer fight it. If she didn’t want him, he’d have to leave here for good, because the torture of denial was making him lose his mind.

“Tell me you want the college boy and I’ll let you go.”

She turned her face away from him. “No.”

Devan grabbed ahold of her chin and twisted it around to face him. “Look me in the eyes and tell me you want him, and not me.”
Her eyes flashed with frustration while she stubbornly pressed her lips together. She attempted to flee again, but he held her by the shoulders. Her angry breaths flooded his face as she squirmed to get away. “Why are you fighting it? Isn’t it obvious you want me as much as I want you?”

thumbnail_IMG_6835 (1)BIO:
Tiffany N. York lives in Southern California with her spirited son, diva Chihuahua, an ever-changing number of cats, and one tone-deaf parakeet. She writes romantic comedy and erotic romance to escape reality. To find out more about her, visit her website at www.tiffanynyorkauthor.com

Mystery/Thriller: THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM by Christina Dodd

51Kpq86wciL._SY346_THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM by Christina Dodd • Mystery/Thriller • St. Martin’s Press • Released Sept 5, 2017

Meridan Falcon is a world-class beauty, a trophy wife who seems to have it all … except she has no voice.  For nine bitter years, Merida lived to serve her wealthy elderly husband, never leaving his side, always doing his bidding ….

On his death, Merida vanishes … and reappears in Virtue Falls with a new name, a new look, and a plot to take revenge on the man who loved her, betrayed her and walked away, leaving her silent, abused and bound to an old man’s obsession.

But Merida faces challenges.  Her school friend Kateri Kwinault is the newly elected sheriff of Virtue Falls.  A chance meeting with her former lover intrigues him and brings him on the hunt for her, and meeting him face to face shakes her convictions.  Will she have time to discover the truth about the events that occurred nine years ago?  For some in Virtue Falls is stalking women and clashing them … to death.

Danger closes in.  Merida’s fears build.  There’s no one to turn to … no one she dates trust.  And she has to wonder – who is the killer stalking?  Is he trying to silence forever The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream?

New York Times bestselling author CHRISTINA DODD builds worlds filled with suspense and adventure and creates the most distinctive characters in fiction today.  Her fifty-two novels have been translated into twenty-five languages, featured by Doubleday Book Club, recorded on Books on Tape for the Blind, and been called the year’s best by Library Journal.  Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle.

Police Procedural: CITY OF SAVIORS by Rachel Howzell Hall

CITY OF SAVIORS511Cf1GdkrL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_ by Rachel Howzell Hall • Thriller/Police Procedural • Tor/Forge • Released August 8, 2017

After the critically-acclaimed Land of Shadows, Skies of Ash, and Trail of Exhoes, the talented Rachel Howzell Hall returns with another powerful and gripping novel of Los Angeles crime featuring the tough and memorable homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton:  CITY OF SAVIORS.

After a long Labor Day weekend, seventy-three-year-old Eugene Washington is found dead in his Leimert Park home.  At first blush, his death seems unremarkable – heatwave combined with food poisoning from a holiday barbecue.  But something in the way Washington died doesn’t make sense.  LAPD Homicide Detective Elouise “Lou” Norton is called to investigate the death and learns that the only family Washington has was the 6,000-member congregation of Blessed Mission Ministries, led by Bishop Solomon Tate.  But something wicked is lurking among the congregants of this church ….

Lou’s partner, Detective Colin Taggert, thinks her focus on the congregation comes from her distrust of organized religion.  But Lou is convinced that the murderer is sitting in one of those red velvet pews – and that Bishop Tate may be protecting the wold in the flock.  Lou must force the truth into the light and confront her own demons in order to save another soul before it’s too late.

CITY OF SAVIORS is a riveting tale of suspense that brings a diverse and important voice to the mystery/thriller world.  Rachel Howzell Hall has created a memorable heroine in the strong, smart, sexy, and cynical Lou Norton, and she takes the reader deep into the heart of the complex and ever-evolving neighborhoods of L.A.

RACHEL HOWZELL HALL is a writer/Marketing/Communications Manager for Individual Giving of Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  She is lives in Los Angeles.  Visit her online at www.rachelhowzell.com.

 

New Release: LEFT TO CHANCE by Amy Sue Nathan

LEFT TO CHANCE by Amy Sue Nathan / Women’s Fiction / St. Martin’s Griffin / Release Nov 21, 2017

Amy Sue Nathan shows just how strong the bond in female friendships can be with poignancy and wit.

After losing her best friend, Teddi Lerner runs away from everything she has ever known.  When she finally makes her return, Teddi tries to come to terms with the loss and heartache she’s been experiencing and rediscovers all of the little things that truly make life worth living again.  Amy’s heart-healing and passionate novel dives headfirst into what it means to live after loss.

No one knows why Teddi left her hometown, but everyone knows why she’s back.

Twelve-year-old Shayna – talented, persistent, and adorable – persuaded “Aunt Tee” to return to Chance, Ohio, to photograph her father’s wedding.  Even though it’s been six years since Shay’s mother, Celia, died, Teddi can hardly bear the thought of her best friend’s husband marrying someone else.  But Teddi’s bond with Shay is stronger than the hurt.

Teddi knows it’s time to face the consequences of her hasty retreat from family, friends, and, her old flame, but when she looks through her viewfinder, nothing in her small town looks the same.  That’s when she truly sees the hurt she’s caused and – maybe – how to fix it.

After the man she once loved accuses Teddi of forgetting Celia, Teddi finally admits why she ran away, and the guilt she’s carried with her.  As Teddi relinquishes the distance that kept her safe, she’ll discover surprising truths about the people she left behind, and herself.  And she’ll finally see what she overlooked all along.

AMY SUE NATHAN is the author of three novels and the founder of WomensFictionWriters.com, named a Best Website for Writers by Writers Digest.  Amy lives in Philadelphia and has a grown son and daughter.  You can find her online, often when she shouldn’t be.  Visit AmySueNathan.com.